CCB Funding Update – April 2018

Funding signChildren in Need: Small Grants programme

The Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply and that you meet our minimum standards for grantmaking. But first – have you read about how, together, we improve children’s lives in the UK?

They’ve changed the way our Small Grants programme is delivered:

  • You can now apply for up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years – a total request of £30,000
  • We have added an eligibility checklist to the form, to help you make sure you are able to apply for our funding
  • The form has been updated, so please read carefully and follow the guidance provided in the application pages
  • We will still be calling many applicants to gather additional information, but this call will be shorter
  • We use our minimum standards for grantmaking to assess whether organisations are eligible. Please read these. If you do not meet these we will be unable to progress your application.

They give grants for:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation


Greggs Environmental Grant fund

Greggs Environmental Grant fund look to fund projects that improve the physical environment in a way that also benefits the wider community.  They offer grants of up to £2,000 and concentrate on helping existing not for profit organisations to deliver new projects. Organisations may only apply once per calendar year for this grant.

They are interested in projects that improve the physical environment in a way that will improve people’s lives. This can include purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your local environment.

The maximum grant that we can give is £2,000.

Round 2 is now open and closes on 22nd June (midnight)

Greggs Local Community Projects Fund

Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful.

All projects must support a community of interest, ie people who are:

  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness
  • Living in poverty
  • Voluntary carers
  • Homeless people
  • Isolated older people
  • Other demonstrable significant need

The maximum grant that we can give is £2,000.

Round 2 is now open and closes on 22nd June (midnight)

Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.
The grant scheme has two types of funds:

  1. Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018.
  2. Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018.

Both funds are open to organisations and activity in England only. Each of the devolved administrations has been provided additional funding to celebrate the centenary in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are making their own arrangements.

Round 2 of Small Grant Fund is NOW OPEN.

The closing date is 18 May 2018 at 23.59.

Resilient Communities Fund – open until 15 May 2018

The Resilient Communities Fund from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is now open for the Central Southern England region.

Constituted community groups, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities have until 15 May to submit an application for grants of up to £20,000. The fund supports projects which:

  • Protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness.
  • Enhance community facilities, services and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event.

See the Community Funds website for more information or contact the Community Funds Manager, Gareth Shields, to discuss a potential application: email or call 0141 224 7712.

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Project Grants is our new open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects, funded by the National Lottery. The fund will support individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

In March 2018, the Grants for the Arts fund became Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Project Grants is our new open access programme for arts and museum projects, and for arts projects in and with libraries.
The programme is always open, and has a quick turnaround, so they can respond to applicants’ good ideas. They aim to broadly
reflect the diversity of contemporary England through the grants they make

Applications must meet the programme’s four criteria: Quality, Public engagement, Finance and Management.

• They can make grants between £1,000 and £100,000.
• Applications must include at least 10% partnership funding from sources other than the Arts Council.
• They can support projects that last up to a maximum of three years.
• They do receive more good applications than we can fund, and unfortunately some applicants will be disappointed

How to Apply (£15,000 and under)
How to apply (£15,000 and over)

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund gives money to local causes, helping to bring people together and make a difference.

To apply to be a Co-op cause you must have a project or event in mind that:

  • doesn’t have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you’re a religious organisation)
  • meets the Co-op’s values
  • takes place or will still be running after October 2019
  • benefits your local community

They’ll give preference to projects run by small, local organisations that make a real difference to people in their community.

Safe, Secure, Settled fund

Sport Relief, is launching the Safe, Secure, Settled fund. This initiative will invest in projects that are using sport to improve the lives of young people without a safe or secure place to live, helping them to gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives. They will consider work that supports children and young people aged up to and including 25. They will also consider family-based interventions where the majority of beneficiaries are under 25.

Applications are welcome for a minimum of £100,000 and a maximum of £500,000, over a period of between two and four years.

We are looking for work which can make a meaningful change to the lives of young people who are without a secure or safe place to live. We want to hear from organisations who can demonstrate a deep understanding of what makes a positive difference for young people in this situation in their local context. We expect that projects will contribute to a minimum of one of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people increase and/or sustain their engagement with education
  • Children and young people have increased pathways into training or employment
  • Children and young people increase life skills*
  • More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice

Deadline is midday on 14th June 2018.

The Elephant Trust

The Elephant Trust was set up in 1975 to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and art institutions/galleries that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.

The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work.  Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000, but with the recent addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.

More Than A Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme

More than a Pub is a unique three year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England and grow the range of services they offer to help local people. Its value is £3.85 million and is jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Power to Change.

Pink Ribbon Foundation

The Pink Ribbon Foundation is a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, have been affected by breast cancer, or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer and its early detection and treatment.

Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant.

To be considered for a grant in 2018, please submit your grant application to the Foundation by Thursday 31 May 2018.   Grants are awarded annually in late July and those organisations on our register will receive an email in March to remind them to submit their application.

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Development Grant Scheme provides core funding to support organisations to implement a step change in their development and therefore build increased sustainability for the future.  They are open minded on the type of initiatives applicants may wish to develop in order to increase their sustainability.

They hold one round of Development Grants per year for organisations working with carers, and one round per year for organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders.

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund gives money to local causes, helping to bring people together and make a difference.

You can now apply to be a local cause in their next round of funding.

They will give preference to projects run by small, local organisations that make a real difference to people in their community.

The application deadline is 8 April.

Children’s Summer Playschemes

Each year the trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years.

The trustees review applications in May.

Trustees only fund programmes that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays.
Grants can only be paid to registered charities. If you are not a registered charity, please give full name and address of a registered charity who has agreed to accept a grant on your behalf. Please note we will need a copy of their most recent audited accounts.

Most grants awarded are in the range of £500 to £1,000. Around 35 grants are made each year.
Preference is given to:

  • small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities
  • schemes that involve a large number of children
  • schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability
  • schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race
  • schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers

William And Jane Morris Fund (Church Conservation Grants)

The Morris Fund was formed in 1939 following a bequest to the Society from May Morris, the younger daughter of William and Jane Morris. May Morris required that grants should be made only to work that is carried out according to the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), which was founded by her father.

Grants are awarded to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not structural repairs.

Applications are considered by the Society’s Morris Committee, which is composed of Officers of the Society and Fellows with relevant expertise [insert link to Morris Committee list]. The Committee meets twice a year.

Deadlines for receipt of applications are:

  • 31 March (applicants notified by 31 May)

Level of award: £500-£5,000

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Trusthouse gives grants for running costs or one-off capital costs to charities and not-for-profit organisations in accordance with criteria that are regularly reviewed and decided by the Trustees.

Our overarching themes are Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation.

Within these overarching themes, we are interested in three areas:

Community Support
For example: work with young people; community centres; support for carers; older people’s projects; help for refugees; family support; community transport; sports projects; rehabilitation of ex-offenders; alcohol and drug misuse projects; domestic violence prevention and aftermath.

Disability and Healthcare
For example: projects in deprived areas for people of all ages with physical and/or sensory disabilities; support for people with mental health issues; hospices.

Arts, Education and Heritage
For example: arts projects for people with disabilities; performance or visual arts with a clear and strong community impact; alternative education projects; supplementary teaching; heritage projects in marine or industrial areas which involve local people and have a demonstrable community benefit.

Government Equalities Office Returners Fund

Grants of £50,000 – £300,000 [though most expected to be up to £150,000] are available for organisations to run projects aimed at people returning to work in the private sector after a career break, eg after caring responsibilities. They are looking to fund voluntary sector groups and training providers for projects to:

  • create new job opportunities within the private sector and targeted employment sectors that have a weaker track record in catering for returners, including, retail; law; tech and telecoms; science, technology, engineering and maths industries; creative industries;
  • address specific barriers for returners and can be replicated at scale;

increase understanding of how best to support a) returners to gain paid employment and b) employers to recruit and support returners

The Edge Grant Fund 2018

The Edge Grant Fund has a total of one million pounds to award. Applications are welcomed in support of projects that build on proven models of success or which test new approaches within education and learning.  Projects must support Edge’s plan for education and must support innovation or development within technical and professional learning.

All projects are required to address areas of skills shortages to the UK and address in detail at least one of the following Funding Themes:

  • Improve the design and delivery of engaging and relevant Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Support the development of Project Based Learning (PBL) and associated profound employer engagement
  • Support the development of a 14-19 curriculum which integrates both academic and technical/professional subjects
  • Support the development of innovative approaches to higher education at levels 4, 5, and 6
  • Ways to measure the performance of technical education.

To apply to the Edge Grant Fund, click HERE

Source: Slough CVS, Reading Voluntary Action

NEW TRAINING DATE ANNOUNCED: Essential GDPR – What you need to know

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Data Protection can seem like a complex area and you may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force on the 25th May 2018, which will affect all organisations, this includes small businesses, parish/town councils, voluntary and community groups. Which is why CCB is facilitating this session in partnership with Databasix. This training has been organised to help smaller organisations understand how they can ensure they are GDPR compliant.

GDPR strengthens a number of existing principles and introduces more rights for individuals in the use of their personal data. This training session will introduce the GDPR to delegates, describe the differences between the Data Protection Act 1998 and provide practical steps that need to be taken in order to start implementing GDPR.

What will I learn?

  • Understand the basic principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Know what the key differences are between GDPR and the Data Protection Act
  • Understand how it applies to the personal and sensitive data you collect, use and process.
  • Understand how Data Protection fits with Freedom of Information, Information Sharing and Information Security.
  • Be confident in the steps your organisation needs to take to get ready for GDPR
  • You will leave the session with some practical tips and tools for managing your GDPR implementation plan.


The course will be delivered by Kelli Peters of Databasix. Kellie spent 14 years working in the NHS and Civil service managing teams processing personal data. During her time with the NHS she has been involved in delivering Information Governance and Data Protection training courses to members of staff, both clinical and non-clinical. Since setting up Databasix UK in 2013, Kellie has used her experience to develop data protection workshops for SMEs and Charities across the Thames Valley, with the view of providing practical advice and guidance.

Date, Time and Venue

Tuesday 24th April at Douai Pavilion & Park, Upper Woolhampton, RG7 5TQ The session will commence at 2.00pm and will finish by 4.30pm.

Booking & Price

CCB and CBAS Members – £35 per person. Non member – £40 per person

To book a place please click on this link:

This training event is supported by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Team.

Berkshire Community Foundation awards CCB a grant of £3.5K for the CCB family Home Energy Education and Advice Project.

Tesco Extra English Lessons

Helen with students at an English lesson at Tesco Extra English lesson in Slough

CCB are very grateful to Berkshire Community Foundation for their grant award to enable CCB to continue advising low income families in fuel poverty in Berkshire.

Helen Dean, Project Co-ordinator said ‘This is fantastic news! The grant will enable CCB to continue to advise low income families in all aspects of reducing their gas and electricity costs; running 10 sessions at Children’s Centres and other venues across Berkshire from April 2018 onwards.’

Helen with students at an English lesson at Tesco Extra English lesson in Slough in February: a session run under our current project. Comments from students on Helen’s talk: ‘Good information’, ‘Helpful advice on energy saving’, ‘Thank you for coming. Now I understand how to save energy’

Finance for Business Owners

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This is the second time the Real Business Club  have run the course.

Feedback from attendees last time was excellent – giving them up to date information and advice, helping them plan their business, understand changes to their responsibilities and helped them feel more confident on running the financial side of their business. It is relevant to Business owners from all sectors and from one man bands to small teams/ using sub contractors.

To book your FREE place please email: